A post-apocalyptic adventure!
Welcome to Boston! Or what’s left of it anyways. Total nuclear annihilation tends to do that to the world. If you’ve never heard of or played any of the previous Fallout titles or any Elder Scrolls titles you’ve probably lived a very healthy life with lots of sunshine and greenery. Bethesda has a habit of making games THAT WILL CONSUME YOUR LIFE. We’re kidding, but seriously we’re not. So let’s crawl out through the fallout together.
The first thing you’ll fall in love with, other than the sick opening soundtrack of course, is the ability to sculpt your face. With just your mouse, you can push and pull any feature on your face and adjust it to your satisfaction. As is with us RPG nuts you’ll be spending a good chunk of your time here, but it’s a satisfying process and you’ll be coming back frequently we’re sure. This is the first fallout game where the protagonist is fully voiced. There is a lot more talking involved than previous titles and the response options were shortened to resemble the wheel from say a mass effect game. It’s quite enjoyable picking the sarcastic option since you don’t know what your character is about to say, but almost 100% of the time it’s hilarious. It’s also quite satisfying to hear the NPCs actually say the name you’ve given your character. There’s a huge pool of names which probably includes most of the frequently used ones and then some; they’ve even covered the naughty players. Cough.
Unlike previous fallout titles, Fallout 4 has no level cap. You can keep levelling indefinitely and possibly at a certain point in the game maxed out your SPECIAL stats, i.e., Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck (It spells Special, get it?) and get all 70 perks. Leveling up is experience based and not skill based like in Skyrim. Each time you level up you get 1 perk to spend, which you can either spend on a SPECIAL stat or on a perk. There is quite a bit of variety but you’re locked out of certain perks unless you maxed out the related SPECIAL stat.
The year is 2277, that’s 200 years after you were cryogenically frozen in Vault 111 when the first nukes landed. 2077 Boston was apparently very 1950s. The cars, the music, the clothes, everything gave off a 1950s vibe. After a rather shocking turn of events you awaken to a harsh new world. The first thing you’ll notice after you leave the vault will be the attention to detail. The world looks gorgeous, for a barren, irradiated wasteland that is. It’s also huge and there’s a lot to explore. This is yet another world for you to get lost in. The ambience and the music are also apt. You can also listen to some classic golden oldies style music on the radio, and while at first it’s AWESOME… it gets a bit repetitive. The radio jockey just goes on and on about your characters progress and your latest feats and after listening to the same song for the 7th or 8th time well, we just turned the radio off.
As is the norm with Bethesda games, there’s a plethora of side quests to do. You’ll find yourself deviating from the main quest and trailing off quite frequently. There’s a host of new companions who can accompany you on your journey, most if not all of them are quite memorable and well voiced. There’s also your dog Dogmeat, who will join you soon after you first leave Vault 111.
Settlement construction was one of the highlights of the Fallout 4 teasers. It was a feature that had many people excited and Bethesda did deliver. You know the saying ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’? That couldn’t be truer, you’ll find yourself collecting all the junk you can, which you’ll later scrap for raw materials for your settlements. You can scrap pretty much anything you come across in the game. You’ll find yourself needing to work on your settlements if you want to protect your settlers and keep them happy. You need to provide them with both a food and water source and also ensure that they’re well defended. It’s also a very rewarding process, with good amounts of experience coming from just making settlements and it can also be quite addicting.
|Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios
Genre: Single player, Action RPG
Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4
Price: Rs.3,299 (PC)
To add to this you’re able to modify your weapons and armour. You can wear additional layers of armour over your initial layer of clothing, and these individual parts can also be modified. There are a lot of modification options available for both weapons and armour. You’d need various perks to unlock them all obviously but it’s definitely worth it. A simple pipe revolver can become a deadly tool with the right mods. This also applies to the power armour. You’ll come across some power armour quite early into the game. You can modify and repair each part of the power armour as well, to suit your style of gameplay. Also, we need to add that running around in power armour is quite fun and feels pretty badass.
They’ve upped the ante with gameplay here. Unlike previous Fallout titles, Fallout 4 feels like a proper shooter game. Sure you have your V.A.T.S or the Vault-Tech Assisted Targeting System that is a staple in Fallout games but you’ll soon find out that it’s not reliable in every situation and you’ll need some actual skill with aiming down a scope to survive in this barren wasteland. By focusing more on the gameplay aspect and simplifying the RPG aspect of the game, Bethesda is attempting to attract more mainstream gamers, at the expense of upsetting veteran Bethesda gamers who played the game for its storytelling.
Fallout 4’s main quest line is too linear. No matter what decision you make, or factions you pick, the end result is still the same. Your four “choices” are just four different ways to say the same thing. You are forced into the hero role; you have no say in this. The RPG aspect of the game has been overall dumbed down with the easier leveling system and the lack of impact your decisions make. However at the same time, the gameplay has been amped up, while the RPG aspect was dumbed down, modifications and settlement construction are rather complex. There game is riddled with bugs, some of them game breaking. But, in the end you’ll STILL end up playing the game for hours upon hours. And of course if you’re playing on the PC you can count on the modding community to fix whatever Bethesda wasn’t able to.
And of course if you’re playing on the PC you can count on the modding community to fix whatever Bethesda wasn’t able to.
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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